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Sharon J. Alfred, Red Cross Senior Volunteer Journalist
February 3, 2010

Bishop Shelton Bady is an active member of the American Red Cross Diversity Advisory Council. He also leads his congregation at the Houston Harvest Time Church (HTC) in participating in Red Cross disaster relief efforts.

Bishop Shelton Bady
Bishop Shelton Bady, a constant source of inspiration to others, leads the Harvest Time Church congregation in helping with relief effort projects in conjunction with the American Red Cross Greater Houston Area Chapter.
If you ask him why he and the people in his congregation wholeheartedly align themselves with Red Cross disaster relief efforts, Bady will respond that "the purpose of our existence is to help one another." His weekly teachings emphasize that there is no greater deed that one personally can do than sacrifice oneself for a friend. And, according to him, a friend is anyone in need of help.

Bady's preachings of brotherly love are more than just pretty words, he is a man of action and his "love thy neighbor" philosophical viewpoint continually inspires others in his congregation to commit selfless acts as well. 

For example, when Hurricane Ike devastated parts of Texas, and left the Houston area without electricity, members in Bady's congregation gathered food from their own refrigerators, cooked it and distributed it to the less fortunate victims of the storm. HTC members walked for miles knocking on doors and letting folks know that hot cooked meals were available to ease the sudden hardships brought by the storm. Though the food supplies were initially kickstarted by local donations, soon more food supplies arrived from Texas state agencies, and yet more supplies poured into the Houston storm-stricken area from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

Bady and his group have spearheaded many disaster relief projects with the American Red Cross similar to the one described above since 2001.

Bady says it is all worth it when he hears a disaster victim say, "I don't know what I would have done without your help." Or sometimes there are no words exchanged with the victim of a storm-ravaged area—the person quietly takes what is offered, and then bursts into tears.

For the Haiti relief effort, Bady’s congregation sent a check to the Diversity Advisory Council to aid relief efforts there; and the church joined an entity formed by a group of pastors and sent even more money to the Red Cross relief fund. 

Bady intends to keep doing good works of charity. He attributes the ability to help others to a partnership with the American Red Cross Greater Houston Area Chapter, as well as the HTC elders and all members of his congregation. Together they make it possible to keep performing these large-scale charitable endeavors.

About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation's blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit www.redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.


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